The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCE) has recently conducted a survey that found that small rural communication providers are quickly deploying large amounts of fiber, helping to bring faster high speed broadband to America’s rural communities.
The survey found that nearly three-quarters (73%) of respondents with a fiber deployment strategy intend to offer fiber to the node to more than 75% of their customer base by 2011. Fifty-five percent plan to offer fiber to the home to more than half their customers. In that same time frame, the deployment has more than doubled from just 26% last year.
Thanks to such efforts, rural areas are no longer being left behind. Their faster broadband speeds are due to the increased fiber availability. Fifty-three percent of respondents indicated their customers can now receive broadband service of between 3 and 6 Mbps (up from 46% last year), and 39% can receive service in excess of 6 Mbps-an increase from just 25% one year ago. Survey respondents indicated an increase in take rates for the higher broadband speed tiers as well.